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PHY 121 University Physics I: Mechanics
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2016
SUN#: PHY1121
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F
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Description: First course in the three-semester, calculus-based University Physics sequence covering Kinematics, NewtonÂ’s laws, Work, Energy, Momentum, Angular Momentum, Conservation Laws, Statics and Dynamics of particles, solids, fluids, mechanical waves, and sound.

Prerequisites: MAT221

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: Students should possess proficiency with basic derivatives and integrals, factoring equations, trigonometric functions, and the ability to use geometry in real world scenarios.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Evaluation Level) Use the concepts and methods of calculus to not only derive equations for kinematics, dynamics and work-energy relationships, but also use them to evaluate static and dynamic physical systems.
2. (Application Level) Demonstrate knowledge of principles, methods and applications of mechanics and wave motion in physics.
3. (Application Level) Demonstrate knowledge of the distinguishing features and applications of models such as the one-dimensional constant-force particle model, the constant-force model, the particle model and the rigid-body model.
4. (Evaluation Level) Use the Momentum Principle to evaluate physical situations modeled as point-particle and multi-point particle systems, in both Newtonian and Relativistic frames of reference.
5. (Evaluation Level) Use the Momentum Principle and the basic concepts of force in order to evaluate static and dynamic physical situations involving fluid pressure, buoyancy and the speed of sound in various solids and fluids.
6. (Analysis Level) Use the Impulse-Momentum relationship to describe and analyze physical situations subject to Newtons Laws of Motion.
7. (Evaluation Level) Use Newtons Law of Gravity and the Momentum Principle to predict the motion of astronomical systems and near-Earth gravitational field effects.
8. (Evaluation Level) Use the Energy Principle and the Momentum Principle to describe and evaluate Gravitational Potential Energy, Mechanical Energy, Rotational Kinetic and Translational Kinetic Energy.
9. (Evaluation Level) Use the Angular Momentum Principle to evaluate physical situations involving the rotation of a rigid body under torque.
10. (Synthesis Level) Model the dynamics of particles, solids and fluids on microscopic and macroscopic levels using the three fundamental principles of mechanics: momentum, angular momentum and energy.
11. (Evaluation Level) Use the Energy Principle to evaluate physical situations on microscopic and macroscopic levels as they pertain to the structure of matter and the accompanying interactions.
12. (Evaluation Level) Use the Conservation Principles for Energy, Momentum and Angular Momentum to evaluate static & dynamic physical systems and collisions.
13. (Synthesis Level) Develop the physics of waves in order to analyze physical situations involving simple, anharmonic and damped harmonic motion.
14. (Application Level) Use a computational model in a graphics simulation environment (Visual Python) for characterizing one or more of the three fundamental principles of Mechanics: Momentum, Angular Momentum and Energy, as it pertains to one or more particular physical experiments that have been completed in lab.
15. (Evaluation Level) Use the methods of observation and scientific inquiry to demonstrate knowledge of concepts and principles by implementing and interpreting the outcome of laboratory experiments.
16. (Application Level) Demonstrate proficiency with laboratory equipment and procedures.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
None